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Fiji draws toon studio plans

Country moving towards creating local film community

The Fiji government is teaming with Chris Walker’s Modern Cartoons to create the country’s first animation studio.

The still-to-be-named studio will be up and running in August when it hosts production on “The Great North Pole Elf Strike,” produced by Film Brokers Intl. and Avoca Media, said Fiji Audiovisual Commission chief executive officer Dan Bolea.

L.A. producer Lori Hall also plans three Imax docus in Fiji, he added. The toon studio will include a film school to train local students in animation skills. The government’s long-term aim is to promote Fiji as a film location and create a local film industry, Bolea said.

Fiji hosted “Anaconda 2” last year. From 2003 it offers a 15% tax rebate to international shoots.

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